We’ve known for some time now that Marvel was wanting to push even further into the live-action television world than just Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC—word was the studio wanted to begin launching television shows via non-traditional platforms such as streaming services, like Netflix. And now, we know what the first salvo of that plan will be: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones are all getting their own Netflix television shows.
Disney and Marvel are set to launch four separate 13-episode TV shows, each based around the heroes noted above. Further, much like Phase One of Marvel’s cinematic universe, over “multiple years” the four programs will build to one mega-show about the characters joining together for a supergroup called The Defenders. So, essentially, the platform that has made Marvel into such a cinematic powerhouse will now be applied to the small and streaming screen.
Further, Marvel honco Kevin Feige noted that the shows would take on something of a darker tone not seen in recent Marvel film properties, and would be something akin to Blade or The Punisher films: “You look at The Walking Dead on AMC, that would be hard ‘R’ if that was a movie. So television does sometimes allow you to explore other aspects.”
In all, it’s a fairly interesting deal, as Disney and Marvel will be utilizing non-traditional platforms to offer up storytelling about less traditional superheroes, who may not have the popularity to justify megabudget films, but could get a great deal of mileage out of a multi-hour television format.
What do you think of the Marvel news?